Providing Continued Federal Support for Governors' Use of the National Guard To Respond to COVID-19 and To Facilitate Economic Recovery, 23203-23204 [2020-08958]

Download as PDF 23203 Presidential Documents Federal Register Vol. 85, No. 80 Friday, April 24, 2020 Title 3— Memorandum of April 20, 2020 The President Providing Continued Federal Support for Governors’ Use of the National Guard To Respond to COVID–19 and To Facilitate Economic Recovery Memorandum for the Secretary of Defense [and] the Secretary of Homeland Security By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, 42 U.S.C. 5121–5207 (the ‘‘Stafford Act’’), and section 502 of title 32, United States Code, it is hereby ordered as follows: Section 1. Policy. It is the policy of the United States to take measures to assist State and territorial Governors under the Stafford Act in their responses to all threats and hazards to the American people in their respective States and territories. On March 13, 2020, I declared a national emergency recognizing the threat that COVID–19, the disease caused by the novel (new) coronavirus known as SARS–CoV–2 (‘‘the virus’’), and the virus poses to the Nation’s healthcare systems. I also determined that same day that the COVID–19 outbreak constituted an emergency, of nationwide scope, pursuant to section 501(b) of the Stafford Act (42 U.S.C. 5191(b)). Considering the profound and unique public health risks posed by the ongoing outbreak of COVID–19, the need for close cooperation and mutual assistance between the Federal Government and the States and territories is greater than at any time in recent history. This need remains as the United States continues to battle the public health threat posed by the virus, while transitioning to a period of increased economic activity and recovery in those areas of the Nation where the threat posed by the virus has been sufficiently mitigated. To provide maximum support to the States and territories as they make decisions about the responses required to address local conditions in their respective jurisdictions with respect to combatting the threat posed by the virus and, where appropriate, facilitating their economic recovery, I am taking the actions set forth in sections 2, 3, and 4 of this memorandum: khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with PRESDOC Sec. 2. One Hundred Percent Federal Cost Share. To maximize assistance to the Governors of the States of Alabama, Alaska, and Delaware to facilitate Federal support with respect to the use of National Guard units under State control, I am directing the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) of the Department of Homeland Security to fund 100 percent of the emergency assistance activities associated with preventing, mitigating, and responding to the threat to public health and safety posed by the virus that these States undertake using their National Guard forces, as authorized by sections 403 (42 U.S.C. 5170b) and 503 (42 U.S.C. 5193) of the Stafford Act. Sec. 3. Support of Operations or Missions to Prevent and Respond to the Spread of COVID–19. I am directing the Secretary of Defense, to the maximum extent feasible and consistent with mission requirements (including geographic proximity), to request pursuant to 32 U.S.C. 502(f) that the Governors of the States of Alabama, Alaska, and Delaware order National Guard forces to perform duty to fulfill mission assignments, on a fully reimbursable basis, that FEMA issues to the Department of Defense for the purpose of VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:13 Apr 23, 2020 Jkt 250001 PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4705 Sfmt 4790 E:\FR\FM\24APO0.SGM 24APO0 23204 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 80 / Friday, April 24, 2020 / Presidential Documents supporting their respective State and local emergency assistance efforts under the Stafford Act. Sec. 4. Termination and Extension. The 100 percent Federal cost share for the States’ and territories’ use of National Guard forces authorized pursuant to this memorandum, and my prior memoranda dated March 22, 28, and 30, 2020, and April 2, 7, and 13, 2020, each titled ‘‘Providing Federal Support for Governors’ Use of the National Guard to Respond to COVID– 19,’’ shall extend to, and shall be available for orders of any length authorizing duty through, May 31, 2020. Sec. 5. General Provisions. (a) Nothing in this memorandum shall be construed to impair or otherwise affect: (i) the authority granted by law to an executive department or agency, or the head thereof; or (ii) the functions of the Director of the Office of Management and Budget relating to budgetary, administrative, or legislative proposals. (b) This memorandum shall be implemented consistent with applicable law and subject to the availability of appropriations. (c) This memorandum is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person. (d) The Secretary of Defense is authorized and directed to publish this memorandum in the Federal Register. THE WHITE HOUSE, Washington, April 20, 2020 [FR Doc. 2020–08958 Filed 4–23–20; 11:15 am] VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:13 Apr 23, 2020 Jkt 250001 PO 00000 Frm 00004 Fmt 4705 Sfmt 4790 E:\FR\FM\24APO0.SGM 24APO0 Trump.EPS</GPH> khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with PRESDOC Billing code 5001–06–P

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[Federal Register Volume 85, Number 80 (Friday, April 24, 2020)]
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Memorandum of April 20, 2020--Providing Continued Federal Support for 
Governors' Use of the National Guard To Respond to COVID-19 and To 
Facilitate Economic Recovery


                        Presidential Documents 



Federal Register / Vol. 85 , No. 80 / Friday, April 24, 2020 / 
Presidential Documents

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Title 3--
The President

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                Memorandum of April 20, 2020

                
Providing Continued Federal Support for 
                Governors' Use of the National Guard To Respond to 
                COVID-19 and To Facilitate Economic Recovery

                Memorandum for the Secretary of Defense [and] the 
                Secretary of Homeland Security

                By the authority vested in me as President by the 
                Constitution and the laws of the United States of 
                America, including the Robert T. Stafford Disaster 
                Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, 42 U.S.C. 5121-
                5207 (the ``Stafford Act''), and section 502 of title 
                32, United States Code, it is hereby ordered as 
                follows:

                Section 1. Policy. It is the policy of the United 
                States to take measures to assist State and territorial 
                Governors under the Stafford Act in their responses to 
                all threats and hazards to the American people in their 
                respective States and territories. On March 13, 2020, I 
                declared a national emergency recognizing the threat 
                that COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel (new) 
                coronavirus known as SARS-CoV-2 (``the virus''), and 
                the virus poses to the Nation's healthcare systems. I 
                also determined that same day that the COVID-19 
                outbreak constituted an emergency, of nationwide scope, 
                pursuant to section 501(b) of the Stafford Act (42 
                U.S.C. 5191(b)). Considering the profound and unique 
                public health risks posed by the ongoing outbreak of 
                COVID-19, the need for close cooperation and mutual 
                assistance between the Federal Government and the 
                States and territories is greater than at any time in 
                recent history. This need remains as the United States 
                continues to battle the public health threat posed by 
                the virus, while transitioning to a period of increased 
                economic activity and recovery in those areas of the 
                Nation where the threat posed by the virus has been 
                sufficiently mitigated. To provide maximum support to 
                the States and territories as they make decisions about 
                the responses required to address local conditions in 
                their respective jurisdictions with respect to 
                combatting the threat posed by the virus and, where 
                appropriate, facilitating their economic recovery, I am 
                taking the actions set forth in sections 2, 3, and 4 of 
                this memorandum:

                Sec. 2. One Hundred Percent Federal Cost Share. To 
                maximize assistance to the Governors of the States of 
                Alabama, Alaska, and Delaware to facilitate Federal 
                support with respect to the use of National Guard units 
                under State control, I am directing the Federal 
                Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) of the Department of 
                Homeland Security to fund 100 percent of the emergency 
                assistance activities associated with preventing, 
                mitigating, and responding to the threat to public 
                health and safety posed by the virus that these States 
                undertake using their National Guard forces, as 
                authorized by sections 403 (42 U.S.C. 5170b) and 503 
                (42 U.S.C. 5193) of the Stafford Act.

                Sec. 3. Support of Operations or Missions to Prevent 
                and Respond to the Spread of COVID-19. I am directing 
                the Secretary of Defense, to the maximum extent 
                feasible and consistent with mission requirements 
                (including geographic proximity), to request pursuant 
                to 32 U.S.C. 502(f) that the Governors of the States of 
                Alabama, Alaska, and Delaware order National Guard 
                forces to perform duty to fulfill mission assignments, 
                on a fully reimbursable basis, that FEMA issues to the 
                Department of Defense for the purpose of

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                supporting their respective State and local emergency 
                assistance efforts under the Stafford Act.

                Sec. 4. Termination and Extension. The 100 percent 
                Federal cost share for the States' and territories' use 
                of National Guard forces authorized pursuant to this 
                memorandum, and my prior memoranda dated March 22, 28, 
                and 30, 2020, and April 2, 7, and 13, 2020, each titled 
                ``Providing Federal Support for Governors' Use of the 
                National Guard to Respond to COVID-19,'' shall extend 
                to, and shall be available for orders of any length 
                authorizing duty through, May 31, 2020.

                Sec. 5. General Provisions. (a) Nothing in this 
                memorandum shall be construed to impair or otherwise 
                affect:

(i) the authority granted by law to an executive department or agency, or 
the head thereof; or

(ii) the functions of the Director of the Office of Management and Budget 
relating to budgetary, administrative, or legislative proposals.

                    (b) This memorandum shall be implemented consistent 
                with applicable law and subject to the availability of 
                appropriations.
                    (c) This memorandum is not intended to, and does 
                not, create any right or benefit, substantive or 
                procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any 
                party against the United States, its departments, 
                agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or 
                agents, or any other person.
                    (d) The Secretary of Defense is authorized and 
                directed to publish this memorandum in the Federal 
                Register.
                
                
                    (Presidential Sig.)

                THE WHITE HOUSE,

                    Washington, April 20, 2020

[FR Doc. 2020-08958
Filed 4-23-20; 11:15 am]
Billing code 5001-06-P